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do next or who perhaps didn't get the
qualifications they had hoped for.
For some intermediate apprenticeships,
employers might ask for two or more
GCSEs (grades A*-C) or equivalent. For
others, however, you may not need any
qualifications. If you don't have GCSEs
in English and maths, you may be
required to take a basic literacy and
numeracy test.
For an advanced apprenticeship, you
will usually need to have completed an
intermediate apprenticeship or have at
least five GCSEs (grades A*-C), although
this isn't always the case.
Employers may, however, also take
into account other qualifications or
work experience. Often, enthusiasm
and a desire to learn matter as much as
qualifications, as does being able to
demonstrate practical skills, commitment
and an interest in your chosen area.
You can increase your chances of
success by demonstrating you have
researched the sector in which you want
to work and have the drive to succeed.
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You can become an apprentice in a broad
range of industries. Apply directly to
individual companies, many of whom
have apprenticeship schemes, or through
the government National Apprenticeship
Service at findapprenticeship.service.gov.
uk/apprenticeshipsearch.
At any one time, there are up to
20,000 apprenticeships available on this
site. Whatever industry you choose, you
will work with an existing team, gaining
valuable hands-on experience.
You'll be paid a wage, earn holiday
pay and study to gain a recognised
national qualification - normally one
day a week at a local college.
Apprenticeships come in three stages:
Intermediate (equivalent to five GCSE
passes), Advanced (equivalent to two
A levels) and Higher, which can lead to
an NVQ level 4 and above or a
foundation degree. They normally take
between one and four years to complete
and, once you're done, you can go on to
take further education or continue in
employment. You need to be 16 to apply
and not in full-time education.
It's a great way for those who have a
passion to get into their chosen field,
but it can also be a good option for
school leavers who don't know what to


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